Sunday, October 6, 2013

PNF stretching

At GCG we utilize a specific method of stretching known as PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) stretching.

The specific PNF technique is the Contract-Relax method in which the therapist stretches the target muscle to a therapeutic Range Of Motion (R.O.M.) & asks the patient to contract then relax the muscle allowing the joint to achieve a greater R.O.M. 

Benefits of stretching include:
Increased Flexibility
Increased Joint Range Of Motion (R.O.M.)
Enhanced Muscular Coordination
Reduced Injury Risk
Improved Posture
Relaxation & Stress Relief
Increased Circulation (blood flow)
Increased Energy Levels

Caution: PNF stretching should be done with an experienced professional due to the risk of overstretch & injury.

When performing a stretch:

*Don't bounce
*Don't force a stretch
*Don't move beyond your R.O.M.
*Don't hold your breath
*If pregnant, the hormone Relaxin allows excess flexibility - use caution.

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